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Adele Dolores Peloquin

April 20, 1928 ~ January 24, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Adele Dolores Peloquin, 94, died peacefully on January 24, 2023, surrounded by loved ones at her home in Sophia Snow Place, West Roxbury, MA.


Adele grew up in the French speaking enclave of Brockton, in a triple decker, surrounded by family with her treasured aunts just a few streets away. Graduating from Brockton High School as a top student, she was the recipient of a full scholarship to the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists where she graduated in 1947. Her long and successful career in the Boston offices of Dr. Philip White and Dr. Miltiades Karamechedis spanned over forty-five years and her co-workers became lifelong friends. She was a favorite with kids of all ages, who somehow managed to make “visiting the dentist” a fun experience. The walls of her office were covered with artwork of every sort that her young patients happily gifted her.


To her nieces and nephews, she was much much more than an aunt. Adele played a pivotal role in the lives of her Peloquin nieces and nephews when, at the urging of her brother Leo, she introduced him to her friend and future sister-in-law Helen Mackie.  Adele was a third parent and a best friend, there at every turn: graduations, vacations, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, ski days, beach days and more. She attended countless events, gave driving lessons and arranged visits to the theater and museums. She educated the family in the nuances and fine art of brushing and flossing. Many weekends she appeared in the driveway bright and early with her mother, carrying a dozen or two doughnuts (mostly chocolate). Quick to laugh, her mischievous sense of humor and fun loving attitude were often displayed in family shenanigans such as water fights and short-sheeting beds. To the delight of her nieces and nephews, Adele would pretend to ‘push the car’ with all of the Peloquins onboard up the steep incline of Bradfield Avenue, Roslindale as they were leaving from a visit with her and Mémère.


Her family came first and she devoted many years to caring for her mother, taking her to Cape Cod every summer and once to Paris. Her close relationship with Leo and  Helen brought more adventures, as they traveled to Canada, Europe, Russia and spent winters together in Florida. Her penchant for sweets, particularly good chocolate, was well known. Adele never met a dessert she didn’t like and would always sample a slice or bite of every sweet at the table. Her fondness for gardening, reading, cooking, theater, opera, fashion, music and the arts were a large part of her life and she enjoyed sharing those interests with her family and friends.



She was kind, generous, thoughtful, caring and fun, cultivating many close friendships throughout the years. She was a lover of all animals and was particularly fond of dogs, never missing an opportunity to spoil a pup with multiple treats.

The devoted daughter of Aurora (Brault) and Horace Peloquin, she was predeceased by her brothers Horace Peloquin (sister-in-law  Patricia), Leo E. Peloquin (sister-in law Helen),  sister Rosemarie Finnegan (brother-in-law John), and niece Adele Finnegan. Adele never married, but she was never alone. She had many friends and a loving family around her. She will be dearly missed by her many nieces and nephews: Susan Peloquin (Providence, RI), Lynne Peloquin (Plainville, MA), Leo Peloquin and his wife Maureen (Hingham, MA), James Peloquin (Mansfield, MA), Carol Oakes and her husband David (Reading, MA), Chris Peloquin and her wife Rachel Shea (Vashon, WA), Michael Finnegan and his wife Colleen(VA), Jacqueline Lavely and her husband James (Harleysviille, PA) as well as her great nieces and nephews: Emma Peloquin, Nicholas and Aurora Baraiolo, Ryan Peloquin, Beth and Tom O’Hanley, Cameron and Jordan Peloquin, Benjamin and Harrison Oakes, Mackie and Desmond Shea-Peloquin, Ian and Jake Lavely, Sean and Erin Finnegan.


Her family is grateful to her compassionate caregivers; Ruth McToal, Ann Hetherton, Betty Hurley, Elizabeth Melo, Francis Cunniffe, and the Good Shepherd community hospice, who treated her like family and ensured her days were filled with comfort, dignity, humor and grace.


We could not have had a better aunt and role model and were blessed to have had her for so many years. She was truly and deeply loved and will be forever remembered.


As Adele would often say when parting, “Au Revoir and Toodle-oo!”


Raised in the Catholic faith, Adele was a devout congregant of the Holy Name Church, 1689 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA and a Funeral Mass for her will be held there on Saturday, February 4th at 10:30 am. The Mass will be preceded by a gathering at the Lawler & Crosby Funeral Home, 1803 Centre Street at 9 am for a visitation and prayer. Following the Mass, Adele will be taken to her final resting place with her mother and father  in Calvary Cemetery, 163 N. Cary Street, Brockton, MA.

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In lieu of flowers, Adele’s family requests donations in her memory to doctors without borders (doctorswithoutborders.org).





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Funeral Mass
February 4, 2023

4:00 AM
Holy Name Church Centre St. West Roxbury

Video is available for this event


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